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The reverse habit

Stories and News No. 1254 Once upon a time the reverse habit. Some will talk about in the future, which is now called present, but like all its predecessors, it too was born in the past. I refer to the typically human ease of getting used to the inconsistencies of living from one second to another, in spite of what we fought and suffered until death as a species, people, nation, city or community, you choose how many of your fellow human beings you feel to belong to this moment of your life. In this regard, I think that the parenthesis opened by the pandemic – the closed version I hope will be drawn as soon as possible on the pages of our common history, did not suddenly project us onto another planet or into a different dimension. The former humanity is more or less always the same and the Covid phase is similar to any stretch of path more difficult than usual, which puts you particularly to the test, so that those who give their best in such occasions, are useful to themselves and
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President of the Italian Republic 2022: between past and future

Stories and News No. 1253 On January 24th, the consultations for the election of the thirteenth head of state in our country will begin. I am not saying anything new when I say that in every important decision that awaits us – when a considerable number of people depend on it and that its multiple consequences will have lasting, vast and partly unpredictable repercussions – it is very useful to take note of all kinds of the past For this reason, reflecting on the twelve last presidents, including the outgoing Sergio Mattarella, can help us to be more aware and at the same time to gain a far-sighted vision of the choice’s scope on the horizon. I am convinced that making this little trip together will allow us to better understand if the name that will come out will be the right one or less. Obviously, since this is my natural element, ours will be a journey of words, between the past and the future. So once upon a time the 1948, the year of the two presidents; the beginner, the short

Six dead giraffes storytelling

Stories and News No.1252 The photo of six giraffes dying of thirst in Kenya due to drought went viral within days .   So, I am working on this: Attempts for a piece to raise awareness about climate change and, above all, the need to modify your lifestyle wherever you are, knowing that the problem is global and we are all accountable with every choice we make everyday, who we vote, what we buy, what we eat or how we travel, what we consume, everything we spread in nature, etc. First : recursive prose that should strike for accretion. Six. Six giraffes. Six dead giraffes. Six dead giraffes in Kenya. Six giraffes died in Kenya from drought. Six giraffes died in Kenya from drought caused by global warming. Six giraffes died in Kenya from drought caused by global warming, in turn caused by humanity. Six giraffes died in Kenya from drought caused by global warming, in turn caused by humanity - including myself and you who read. Six giraffes died in Kenya from drought caused by global war

Oil Peace Missions

Stories and News No.1251 Let's try once again to identify with someone else, in whose guise we may observe and think about one of the many shameful recent news. For instance, an Iraqi teenager, a Somali girl or a boy from Mozambique. Young age is an indispensable criterion, since I believe – that is, I trust, that experience has long since opened the eyes of the oldest ones. Let's assume, therefore, that from their particular point of view, from their respective country of origin, you know that at least on paper European, militarily dressed, visitors came for noble reasons. For example, that in no particular order, Operation Atalanta has as its main purpose  protecting the ships of the United Nations World Food Program, which sail to deliver food aid to the Somali population; that the AMISOM mission is in the same country to train the local army and above all to secure the distribution of humanitarian aid; that the IRINI mission - which in Greek means peace… has the task of

The honest count of the casualties

Stories and News No. 1250 Once upon a time there was the casualties’ count. The right one, which grows out of all proportion with the passage of time, thanks to the good will of a few, even just one, and thanks to an innate predisposition to imagine the lives of others, there, where the conscience burns most. Therefore, let's start from afar, so that the final figure is as respectful as possible of what really or tacitly happened. May, 1981. Bobby Sands dies after two months of hunger strike and reggae legend Bob Marley disappears; John Paul II was seriously injured in an attack on St. Peter's Square and Donna Payant achieved the sad record as the first prison officer of the United States killed on duty. In short, other victims, fortunately survivors of death or died in the guise of martyrs, destined to become a legend or a simple anecdote for record-breaking. In the same month, same year, Alice Sebold is among the folds of history . Female, eighteen years old, white, Cauc

The incompatibility of human rights

Stories and News No. 1249 Once upon a time there were human rights. Yes, were, you read that right. Please, tell me, where did they go? What became of alleged, universal declarations and solemn promises with consciences, rather than fingers, crossed behind the shoulders? The current reality is that those fundamental principles in defense of every human being, conquered in the past centuries at the cost of terrifying genocides, unthinkable abuses and, above all, courageous sacrifices, have now become incompatible with our so-called modern and civil Western societies. Exactly as stated by the Polish Deputy Minister of Justice, Sebastian Kaleta. Let's face it once and for all and write it in big letters, so that anyone who wants to cross our borders will understand where he is going. Likewise, for those who see the light for the first time in these latitudes: be wary of what the old world will tell you about itself in school books, it is the precious warning. Everything is much mo

Injustice is treatable

Stories and News No. 1248 We shouldn't have learned to read your language. Or, perhaps, you shouldn't have had to cross long stretches of sea and strategic straits, deluding ourselves that you came to bring gold, frankincense and myrrh, instead of weapons and above all infections. It hurts to know that besides the delirium that divides us, you others had the elixir of survival rather than a long life. That hunger and thirst were treatable undoubtedly surprised us long ago. But it is also the law of nature that helps us to understand that the earth’s fruits have a time and it is a sentence inscribed in the folds of the human horizon that sooner or later we will slaughter each other for the last apple or the last, blessed water sip. But we would have expected everything except discovering that what is incurable on one side of the planet is curable on the other. Almost six million people of all ages, mostly women and children, are killed by unbeatable enemies every year, or at